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Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Day Trip

1. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Day Trip

Explore Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres on a day trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Experience rich cultural heritage and history, have fun snorkeling, relax on beautiful beaches, and enjoy a delicious lunch. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in the Cancun area, passing through Playa del Carmen, and arriving at the new private marina, located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Benefit from fast check-in and enjoy a continental breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. At 9:45 AM after breakfast and check-in, you will board the boat and head toward the Ixlache Reef. The reef is located off the coast of Contoy and right at the beginning of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest reef system in the world. Snorkeling gear is included and you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide. This activity will last around 45 minutes. After snorkeling, board the ship and head to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity at the island in the safety of its shallow waters.  Disembark on Contoy Island and have the chance to sightsee with a guide and visit the museum, observatory, and the lagoon. Go to the dunes and learn about the flora and fauna species of the island. Alternatively, choose to relax on the beautiful beach or do some more snorkeling in the Caleta area. At lunchtime enjoy Pescado Tikinxic, a broiled fish with achiote and other local species as well as broiled chicken, rice, salad, accompanied with your favorite drink. Once lunch is over, have more free time on the beach. Board the boat and head to Isla Mujeres, where there will be free time to visit the fishermen’s village or do some shopping. After Isla Mujeres, head back to Cancun, arriving at the marina at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal around 6:00 PM.

Cancun: 3-Hour Kayak Tour in Nichupte Lagoon

2. Cancun: 3-Hour Kayak Tour in Nichupte Lagoon

An experienced guide will equip all kayakers with kayak gear before setting off for Nichupte lagoon. An important tropical ecosystem, mangroves are home to a wealth of creatures both big and small. Keep an eye out for tropical birds and small fish while learning about the area’s biodiversity from your guide.    Stop at Conchitas Beach for a refreshing swim and break. Enjoy the clear waters and relax on this white, semi-virgin beach while enjoying a drink and a snack. All guests will be provide with a bottle of water and some fruit, and we kindly ask that all packaging please be returned to your guide in order to keep this area as pristine as possible.  Perfect for families, friends, couples or solo travelers, this activity provides fun in the sun for all types.

From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

3. From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

Head out to sea and visit two of the most beautiful islands off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Enjoy a 1-hour snorkel and see the vibrant underwater world of the reef. Stop at Isla Contoy, a nature reserve known for its variety of tropical bird species. Wander the colorful streets of Isla Mujeres and see its world-famous beaches. After being picked up from your hotel, transfer to the jetty in Cancún, where you will board a comfortable speedboat to travel about 40 minutes to Isla Contoy. Your first stop is a guided 1-hour reef snorkel tour where you will enjoy spotting brightly colored corals and the plentiful tropical fish. Next, visit the protected nature reserve of Contoy Island which boasts an incredible population of bird species, and clear shallow water perfect for snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing Caribbean-style. After a delicious lunch on the beach, you will have some free time on the island before we leave for Isla Mujeres. Once at Isla Mujeres, enjoy one hour of free time on this charming Caribbean island to wander the colorful streets and see the postcard beaches. Then, take the boat back to the pier in Cancún and upon arrival on the mainland, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

From Cancún & Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

4. From Cancún & Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

Explore the marvels of Holbox, a bird lovers' paradise, on this day trip from Cancún or Puerto del Carmen. Start your journey with a trip to Chiquilá, where you will board a boat and head towards Isla de la Pasión and Isla Pájaros. During the boat ride, spot some native birds before stopping on the sandbanks of a beach with white sands and crystal-clear waters. Enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel before lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, hop on a golf buggy for a 30-minute guided tour of the island, followed by some more free time at one of the island's most renowned beaches. Before heading back to the port, visit the center of Holbox and soak up the culture with the chance to meet some local residents.

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Full-Day Discovery Tour

5. Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Full-Day Discovery Tour

Enjoy the beauty of nature as you explore the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve on this 10-hour excursion. Start with a ride on a small boat in the Campechen Lagoon. See mangroves, endemic birds and other area wildlife. After arriving in Punta Allen, enjoy a refreshment break and then board the boat again and head to the heart of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Be on the lookout for dolphins, turtles, starfish, cormorants, herons, pelicans and osprey in their natural habitat. Get ready for an amazing snorkeling experience that ends near the crystal-clear waters of La Piscina. Head back to Punta Allen for lunch and prepare for the return boat trip.

Cancun: Private Birdwatching Tour

6. Cancun: Private Birdwatching Tour

Every year thousands of migratory birds arrive to the Yucatan Peninsula and in addition to the marvelous endemic species of the area, this tour will not disappoint you. Your private guide will show you the best spots to catch a glimpse of these birds close to Cancun at Ruta de los Cenotes Biosphere Reserve, as well as give explanations about the jungle and its unique flora and fauna. At 5 am you will be picked up at your hotel in Cancun (5:45am in Playa del Carmen or 6:30am Tulum). At 6:40am start hiking through the Mayan jungle to observe the amazing Yucatan birds. Your certified guide will provide you with interesting information about the Peninsula’s different bird species and the area’s ecosystems. At 9:30am have a snack before you are taken back to your hotel at 10:00am. You will arrive your hotel at 10:40am in Tulum (11am in Playa del Carmen, 12pm in Cancun).  This is a short list of 90 potential birds you can see in this tour (depends on the season):  Orange Oriole / Icterus auratus Endemic Rose-throated Tanager / Piranga roseogularis / Endemic Yucatan Jay / Cyanocorax yucatanicus Endemic Yellow-lored Parrot / Amazona xantholora Endemic White-bellied Emerald / Amazilia candida Ruddy Ground-Dove / Columbina talpacoti Vaux's Swift / Chaetura vauxi Cinnamon Hummingbird / Amazilia rutile White-fronted Parrot / Amazona albifrons Greenish Elaenia / Myiopagis viridicata Couch's Kingbird / Tyrannus couchii Green Jay / Cyanocorax yncas Tropical Gnatcatcher / Polioptila plumbea Clay-colored Thrush / Turdus grayi Summer Tanager / Piranga rubra Painted Bunting / Passerina ciris Hooded Oriole / Icterus cucullatus

Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

7. Río Lagartos: Biosphere Reserve and Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

See the beauty of Rio Lagartos, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve home to a rich diversity of landscapes and ecosystems such as mangroves, forests, lagoons, and more. Admire the pink lakes at Las Coloradas on this full-day tour too. Begin with an early pickup from accommodation in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. From there, you’ll make your way to the busy town of Valladolid for a cup of coffee and a snack. Head to Rio Lagartos after a brief pit stop, and upon arrival, skip the crowds and board a private boat to enjoy the scenery of the reserve. Cruise around the reserve with a friendly guide pointing out the numerous local flora and fauna, potentially catching glimpses of flamingos, pelicans, sea turtles, and crocodiles. Stop by the beautiful pink lakes at Las Coloradas (the color of the water depends on weather and chemical conditions) and snap a few photos. After, enjoy a stop for lunch before heading back to your accommodation.

Riviera Maya: Puerto Morelos 4-Hour Bird Watching Tour

8. Riviera Maya: Puerto Morelos 4-Hour Bird Watching Tour

Enjoy an amazing bird watching experience in the Mayan jungle, and observe a wide variety of bird species at the Botanical Gardens of Puerto Morelos. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen at 06:00 (07:00 for hotels in Tulum), transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Puerto Morelos to observe unique birds on a hike through the jungle. Certified naturalist guides will provide interesting information about the Yucatan Peninsula's different bird species, as well as the area's ecosystems along the way. Migratory birds can be found in Mexico twice a year. As they escape the cold winters of the north, they cross the Gulf of Mexico on a journey of some 800-1,000 kilometers. The Yucatan Peninsula is the first stop on their journey to Central America, providing a unique opportunity to see them at rest in and around Puerto Morelos. A portion of the profits from this tour is donated to projects that protect the Mayan culture, and promote sustainable and responsible eco tourism.

From Cancún: Boca Iglesia and Cabo Catoche Snorkel Tour

9. From Cancún: Boca Iglesia and Cabo Catoche Snorkel Tour

Get off the beaten track and discover 2 of Cancún's lesser-known destinations on this day trip. Start with a 40-minute speedboat trip to the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cabo Catoche, where the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico meet. Enjoy an informative commentary from your guide about the area's unique plant and animal life, as well as an introduction to the history of the region. Travel back in time to when the Conquistadors and pirates roamed these waters, spotting flamingos and other birds along the way. Later, enjoy a brief hike through the jungle to reach Boca Iglesia, the first church in Latin America. Wander around this spooky church and its cemetery which are covered in trees. On the way back, stop at 2 snorkeling spots. Snorkel among colorful fish, an old shipwreck, and coral formations. Stop for a spot of relaxation on a shallow-water beach before heading back to Cancún.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 87 reviews

Definitely 5 out of 5 stars. Pick-up and drop-off directly at the hotel. Guides were super nice and humorous. Great atmosphere on the boat and especially the island of Contoy was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life! Definitely a recommendation

I’m in love with Gabby. She was wonderful to have as a guide. Gabby made our whole day. Thanks again Gabby. Also ,by chance can Gabby send over the pictures that she took of me and my sister.

The best boat experience ever! I had so much fun. The crew was very detailed and very caring. Jesus was the best. I totally suggest it.

Contoy Island is spectacular. A must in Mexico. The crew helped make the day round. Unforgetable experience.

Great to see natural side of Cancun. Mangrove trees were beautiful.